BOISE, Idaho (AP) — After getting off to a lackluster start, Joe Southwick and the rest of the Boise State made it look easy, scoring points in nine of their next 10 possessions en route to a 60-7 blowout over Southern Mississippi Saturday night.
Boise State also got plenty of help from its special teams, which blocked a pair of field goals and forced a turnover, and a rejuvenated defense that rebounded after getting torched a week ago in a devastating 41-40 loss to longtime rival Fresno State.
"A little frustrated with the slow start," said Southwick, who threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns. "But once we figured some things out, we got rolling and put some points up."
They sure did.
Boise State (3-2, 1-1 Mountain West Conference) led 30-7 at halftime then put the game away in the third quarter when Southwick fired his third touchdown pass of the game, an 18-yarder to Matt Miller to put Boise State up 37-7. Southwick finished 19 of 23 passing, threw TD scores of 14 and 42 yards and his 52-yard pass to Geraldo Boldewijn set up Jay Ajayi's 4-yard TD run just before the half.
Overall, Boise State rolled up 545 yards on offense and had seven different players score touchdowns. Matt Miller led Boise State with five catches for 107 yards and a touchdown, and Boldewijn had 104 yards and a TD on three catches.
The defense picked off two Southern Miss passes, had four sacks and rebounded impressively after Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr passed for 460 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Bulldogs to a fourth-quarter comeback victory last week.
Boise State coach Chris Petersen said he was pleased with the way the defense responded after a tough week.
"I'm proud of the guys," Petersen said. "They worked hard. It's not easy to come off a hard loss. I thought our defense did a great job all game."
It was another night of futility for the Golden Eagles (0-4), losers of their last 16 games dating back to last season's opener and currently the nation's longest FBC losing streak. The 53-point loss is the biggest margin since a 69-7 loss to Mississippi in 1969 and the 60 points allowed is the most since Florida State put up 61 points in 1987.